Puerto Plata, nestled near Mount Isabel de Torres on the Dominican Republic’s north coast, has recently become a key resort destination in the Caribbean. It’s the eighth-largest city in the Dominican Republic, and has gone through a revitalization period with improvements to its beaches and the downtown park area. It has a typical tropical climate with hot, sometimes wet summers and warm, wet winters.

Travelers staying in all-inclusive resorts should not feel inclined to stay at the resort for their entire vacation. They should venture out into Puerto Plata to visit local businesses like exciting restaurants and wilderness excursions. The Malecon, Puerto Plata’s seaside boulevard, is lined with restaurants, bars and boutiques. It has a great view of the water and gives travelers an excellent opportunity to sit and be among the locals.

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There are many museums and attractions for travelers looking to learn about the art and history of Puerto Plata. Near the Puerto de Puerto Plata is the Amber Museum. The building itself is a beautiful example of Victorian architecture. Inside, it houses a unique collection of valuable Dominican amber, thought of to be the most transparent amber in the world. Guided tours are available every day of the week except Sundays. Just a few blocks from the Amber Museum is the Museum of Taino Art. The museum works to preserve the culture and tradition of the Taino people, who were the first inhabitants of the island of Hispaniola. It showcases artifacts like statuettes and ceramic pieces.

Puerto Plata has some notable outdoor attractions. A large statue of Christ stands on Puerto Plata’s Mount Isabel de Torres. It closely resembles the statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Puerto Plata Lighthouse, located in what is now a national park, was once a beacon for ships sailing the Atlantic, but now serves as a world-renowned monument. It has been restored using grant money from the World Monuments Fund and is the only lighthouse of its kind in the Dominican Republic.

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